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Hands on with Nest's latest thermostat

Nest's smart thermostat has been around for three years and was one of the first smart home devices to really gain mainstream attention. Since its original launch, the Nest Thermostat has undergone two hardware revisions, with the most recent coming out just a couple of weeks ago.<p>The …

Home Automation

'Stagefright' vulnerability files released to the wild

On the heels of its Stagefright detection app, Zimperium (the outfit that discovered the Android security flaw) has released its exploit to the public. But before you get your hands dirty tinkering with it to find a fix there are a few things you need to consider. Zimperium says that it was tested …

Avon is crashing

According to a report on Thursday, the beauty-products company is in talks to sell a stake to private equity firms. Bids in the auction process for a private investment in public equity, or PIPE, are reportedly due next week. The company declined comment to Business Insider on the report.<p>Following …

Stock Markets

Jet engine parts on Las Vegas runway indicate major failure

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jet engine parts found on the Las Vegas runway where a British Airways flight aborted takeoff as the engine burst into flames indicate a rare catastrophic failure, experts said as investigators released preliminary findings and began analyzing flight data and cockpit …

Las Vegas

How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Acoustic biologists who have learned to tune their ears to the sounds of life know there's a lot more to animal communication than just, "Hey, here I am!" or "I need a mate."<p>From insects to elephants to people, we animals all use sound to function and converse in social groups — especially when the …

Forestry

9/10: The Day Before

The pilot grilled steaks. The WTC Borders clerk picked up a pushcart coffee. The mayoral candidate prepped for the primaries. And the terrorists …